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Ave Maria Catholic School

Private | PK-9 | 38 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $300,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,120.

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Posted May 1, 2014

As a long time parent and teacher at this school, I choose to invest my children's education and my professional career into this community. Our administrative staff has provided changes that transformed our school into a professional, assessment-based, instructionally proficient, warm, and inviting community. Changes under new admin include new facilities (gym, field, offices), Core Knowledge curriculum, professional development in differentiated instruction, use of CBM and ITBS assessments, hiring of excellent teachers, Reading Counts, Rachel's Challenge, enhanced security/emergency protocols & equipment the list goes on. Along with this, enrollment is nearly at max cap. That is very telling considering the number of free charter/public schools in the vicinity. People choose to be here. It is an exceptional community. Our leadership fosters a professional culture that is collaborative, engaged, and driven to meet the needs of diverse learners. I ve witnessed the ferocity in which our staff strives to meet the needs of all students. All students experience project-based and highly differentiated learning and assessment. The formative experience is beyond compare.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 30, 2014

Ave Maria Catholic School is truly a special place. All staff members are caring and get personal with each student. They make an academic connection with children to differentiate each child's needs. The curriculum challenges all to be the best they can be. The staff goes above and beyond to make academic successes everyday. Children are happy. Teachers are happy. It is a great place.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted April 30, 2014

My children attend ave maria catholic school and I know personally that ave is the best of the best. The standards are high which should be the expectation at a private school but the teachers work to differentiate instruction so that all students can achieve. One can look at assessment results alone to measure the success of this school but ave believes in educating the whole child. Not only are itbs results at least one grade level higher than the grade level students are in but the specials classes are top notch. The student service team has grown to include a school counselor and reading specialist and strong morals and values are taught and modeled with a loving top notch staff. I could not imagine Sending children any where else. I feel truly blessed to have kids in such a nurturing environment whee I know they are growing intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Thank you ave maria!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2014

Ave Maria Catholic School offers the highest quality of education to all students. The administration and teachers are all so welcoming and kind! Thank you for being a wonderful school for my children to attend!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2014

My child attended another high Catholic school in the Denver area. She was always a high achiever in all academic areas. When she moved over to Ave Maria she found herself playing catch-up. The teachers there were more than happy to work with her until she was not only caught up but challenged to go even fruther. They have very high standards and are willing to help every student succeed in all areas. I have read some reviews and see that the negative reviews are probably from parents who have had a run in with the administration because they wouldn't meet their hidden agenda demands. The administration stands strong to the mission of the school for all. Those parents who want the school to meet their hidden agenda items need not apply, not do those parents who think they can "buy" their way through school. The administration is top notch!!! I am so glad my child finished off her years at Ave Maria. She is now a strong student in high school and I owe it all to Ave Maria.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2014

I have two children who have attended Ave Maria. One graduated four years ago and has been very well prepared for high school and looking at the future of college next year. My second child started in the junior kindergarten and is currently in sixth grade. I feel that Ave Maria has an incredible academic experience for children. They are able to adapt and challenge to where a student is academically. The curriculum ensures that your child is ready for their future. The faculty and staff are caring and show that as they support the children impeach and every day. You couldn't pick a better school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2014

As a long time school and parish member, I feel this school needs to change from the top/down. The administrator now controls 100% or the preschool, school and HSA. The school has been voted "best workplace" again because the administrator caters to teachers and fails to recognize that KIDS are her #1 priority. Teachers are allowed to take week long (yes, week long) vacations during the regular school year with their families. Substitutes are weak. Test scores are high because the kids and parents that attend are smart. I have to correct teaching all the time. Administrator just runs interference between parents and teachers. Nothing happens. She keeps around teachers that aren't very smart, but she can control. I have witnessed teacher's disrespecting students, nothing happens when brought to attention of administrator. Some teachers have begun to act entitled. Core knowledge dumbs down traditional curriculum and Spanish program is weak. The administrator puts up a good "holy act" and then ignores and bullies parents. We stay with the hope of a good traditional Catholic education. I hope that the parish priest will step in and help out for the sake of his disheartened flock.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2014

Ave Maria Catholic School is an exceptional school in many ways! Ave Maria is a school with strong academics, but it also fosters an environment that encourages students, staff, and families utilize their God given talents to create a caring, compassionate, and thriving community. Students participate in service activities, Friends of Rachel, prayer and worship. Learning includes differentiated instruction to challenge each child to grow academically strong and feel successful. The school strives to have open communication between students, staff, and parents further supporting the success of the school and community. Ave Maria Catholic school is a true gift that prepares students for academic and personal success, as well as students who are striving to live good and virtuous lives.

Posted April 27, 2014

Ave Maria is a great school to work for and my children have benefited from everything Ave Maria has to offer-I feel doubly blessed to be part of this community both as a parent and a teacher!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted February 10, 2014

Why pay for what you can get free at a public school or charter school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 26, 2014

My family found Ave Maria after a terrible year in Aurora public schools for my daughter in 3rd grade. I am proud to tell everybody that I know that both of my children attend Ave Maria Catholic School because it is a wonderful, enriching, and academically strong school. We are in our second year of attending Ave, and our children have received nothing but the absolute best education from every teacher at this school. The combined challenging academics and religion that all children receive at Ave is truly priceless.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 23, 2014

We are very happy at Ave Maria. The quality of education is outstanding and I know if my children, one in third and one in eighth grade, need any assistance, the staff is always there to help. The administration does a great job of communicating and being available to parents. The families are welcoming and warm. We are thrilled with Ave and are grateful to be a part of this loving, faith filled community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 10, 2014

Administration is just a group of bullies. I thought they represented the values of the Catholic church, far from the truth. My family and I have only encountered deceit and a disregard of humility. Don't be fooled with the ideas of Common Core. The core is just setting the education bar at a lower level so everyone can achieve the minimum. Is that all we want for our children, don't we want more than a subpar education at a private/parochial school price.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 2, 2013

We are so pleased to be a part of this community! We moved here from out of state and our children transitioned easily into this school. The academics exceeded our expectations! The faculty and staff and so friendly, as well as, the parents and students. We are so happy we ended up here at Ave!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 30, 2013

So proud to be part of this community! Both the parish and the school leadership is outstanding and work in unison. The teachers are so professional and friendly. Most importantly, my children are extremely happy!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 30, 2013

Ave Maria Catholic School has been home to my 3 children since 2006. I must say the academics are challenging, however, you have to expect that given that they are a private school. The staff is very friendly, if you think that you or your child are above the rules and are considering Ave Maria, do not enroll your child here, enroll them elsewhere as everyone is held accountable for their actions. Everyone from parents, staff, to students are expected to model Jesus Christ. Most classes are full to capacity, that should speak for itself because if this was not a stellar school than it would be suffering in enrollment. Picking up in carline is difficult, dropping off in the morning is easier. My other complaint is the high tuition, however, they do have financial assistance available. In the end, it is worth every penny if you want your child to be well rounded academically, spiritually, and socially. I would never think of sending my children anywhere else and I live quite far away! I credit Ave Maria as the reason why my children have the tools that they need to succeed both in and out of school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 16, 2013

The school facilities and some teachers are very good, and there is excellent parent participation, however the administrative staff, and especially the principal at this school, are very poor. Funds from fund raising efforts are mismanaged and not spent as directed by the donor, as an example $40,000 was raised for proximity boards in all the classrooms and have not been installed a year later. Test scores remain high because they do not allow low scoring students to enroll. The math program is below average in terms of content. I thought the environment would be nurturing, spiritual and steeped in Catholic tradition. Instead we found it to be very judgmental and arbitrary in terms of how students are handled. On average girls are treated with lenience and the program mostly caters to their learning. Boys are not tolerated well here by the principal and some teachers. Hopefully someday the priest at the parish or someone from the diocese will come to see the light and make the necessary changes.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 11, 2013

If I could give this school Zero stars, I would. There are some decent teachers at this school but as other parents have mentioned, the principal at this school is poor at setting an expectations for communication while also being too inefficient and ineffective. She is not a leader. It is the only school my kids have attended where the teachers are arriving and leaving when carline drop off is happening. I do hope the clergy at Ave Maria Catholic Church will finally take action. We need decent Catholic education choices in Douglas County and Ave Maria does not provide what we need. The building is adequate and there are good teachers. But the administration seems to leave parents in the dark and there seems to be no desire for this school to attempt to be excellent.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 20, 2013

This school is one of the most unfriendly places for families,odd since it is a school. The admin inacts policies like closed practices for all sports, with NO explanation. You as a parent, are not allowed to monitor what is going on while YOUR child is practicing! They have started renting out the gym to adult league teams during the practice times of the school children. This has forced the kids to go and pay for other places to practice. A second road was created over the summer with the intention of helping with the massive congestion during car line. The problem again, with no explanation, you have to have a child or children in 4th grade and up to use the road/drop off in that location. So if you have 1 child in 4 th grade and another in 2nd, you could go through car line twice, we all have time for that in the morning don't we! You could use the original line for both kids and wait 15mins everyday just to get through. While the new road/drop off is under used because it is off limits to more than half the school. This admin is equally unfriendly and not open to suggestion for improvement in ANY area! All this frustration and you haven't even entered the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 13, 2013

My child was evaluated for a first grade spot. He has done well in a private kindergarten setting and his teacher feels he is ready for first grade. He had an "assessment" for readiness for first grade (for $150) and we were told he was right at the borderline for readiness with a score of 61 (even though it is only February of his Kindergarten year). We were told that they spoke to his current teacher and everyone was in agreement that he is not ready for first grade, although the teacher told us he would be bored if he had to repeat kindergarten. He was turned down for any spot at the school, including kindergarten which they said was "full". I feel the manner that this was done ( in conflict with his current teacher's opinion) and the $150 charge to be told he cannot attend the school was not in keeping with the spirit of Catholic education. I guess someone who does not meet their "high academic standards" is not welcome at this school. Does not seem to meet the catholic tradition.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 56%
Hispanic 6% 32%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Computer lab

Arts & music

  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Drama

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  • Rosetta Stone
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Theresa Loiselle
  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (720) 842-5402


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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Spanish


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  • Library
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  • Diocese of Colorado Springs
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

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